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Tasmanian MTB guidebook is go.

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Jane and I landed in Hobart last night. Time to unpack the bikes and head to the trails. We're putting together the Tasmanian MTB guidebook (similar format to the WA MTB guidebook). It will be available from the same place once it is printed. www.mtbguidebook.com if you are on facebook and want to track our progress the like the page: https://www.facebook.com/mtbguidebook

Hooray for new trails day!

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Otway300 - What an event! (apologies for the long write up, it was a long race!)

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How do you begin to talk about a stage race without things just getting boring? In normal single day race, a typical marathon, there are hundreds of little moments that all contribute towards the final outcome.
The Otway300 has had me scratching my head since finishing, and wondering “How can I possibly share what went down out there, so that people understand how good it was, and what tight racing we had”.

The numbers are a good way of starting.

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Epic DNF

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I was lucky enough to get an entry to the Cape Epic for the 2nd year in a row. Having family over there it is a good excuse to go over to SA for a visit and I can fit in a small bike race Smiling

My preparation was good this year, perhaps more road miles than I would have liked due to all the summer rain in Sydney. I was riding in the mixed category this year with a friend.

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Is the mountain bike media to blame for our trail access issues?

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An interesting and thought provoking piece on singletracks.com.

Lots of long-term access is being lost in the US, arguably because of dominant trail user groups such as horse-riders and hikers simply not liking mountain bikes because they're "not like us" rather than because of any evidence-based reasoning. And our experience here has been much the same.

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Interview on ABC radio Perth

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Got to chat to the ABC last week regarding the WA MTB Trailguide. Got a plug in there for PerthMTB and also KMBC. It's about 11 minutes long. I also did ABC regional later in the day but I don't have a link.

https://soundcloud.com/hilary-smale/perth-cyclis...

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National Elite XC Champs

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After a last minute call (Tuesday afternoon, with the race on Saturday am) to race Elite Nationals XC Champs, I was feeling a little nervous. My old age, allied with the fact that I have been training solely for marathon racing, meant that any ‘raw’ speed might be lacking.
The one thing you know about XCO Nationals – its all about raw speed.
The other thought that you have is about the course. World Cup courses are becoming increasingly technical, and the National Champs aspire to be as close to a World Cup XC course as possible.
Oh great….

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Myall River Track - Hawks Nest / Mungo Brush

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I tried to walk this track years ago, but it was closed due to flooding. So this week, I took the trusty Niner and an adventurous mate out to see what it was like.

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Genrock & Roll

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Pretty good race track overall, with the first half featuring some very nice single track, followed by a fire trail downhill plunge, a bit of traverse fire trail, then the unrelenting Snakes and Ladders sniggle climb. After a bit more sniggle, including a couple of multiple line option sections through some old quarries, there then seemed to be a lot of uphill fire trail slogging, broken up with a few water crossings.

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Climbs with a view

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I've never done an 'easy' Rockytrail event and, despite entering as a team for the first round of the 2016 series, this race was no different.

A beautiful autumn day greeted nearly 300 riders at Glenrock, Newcastle for the inaugural Shimano MTB GP at this venue. I'd done two reco laps a few weeks prior and was impressed by what I had seen, however a late course change by the organisers meant that half the course was sight-unseen for me and, according to a few in the know, 'had a few hill climbs'.

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Cloth maps are now available

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Well some cloth maps are back from the printers. Made from the same stuff you clean your glasses with they can withstand a couple hundred washes in the washing machine. Covering the same areas as their cheaper paper cousins these maps are Perth (Kalamunda & Jarrahdale) and Margaret River (Creek Trails, Pines, Return of the Jedi, 10 Mile Brook and Wadani Trail). Wembley Cycles have them in stock if you're heading south this weekend and all good bike shops should follow soon. Also available online at www.mtbguidebook.com

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